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Published On: Sun, Jan 1st, 2017

Matthew McConaughey on ‘Dark Tower’ script, skipping Marvel’s ‘GOTG 2’

One of the famous casting moves is now Matthew McConaughey skipping Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and playing the antagonist in the Stephen King adaptation of The Dark Tower.

While speaking with Playboy, the discussion turned to McConaughey’s choices in blockbuster movies in 2017, and the actor explained his reasoning in choosing one over the other.

“I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was ‘It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor.’ I’d feel like an amendment. The Dark Tower script was well written, I like the director [Nikolaj Arcel] and his take on it, and I can be the creator, the author of the Man in Black—a.k.a. the Devil—in my version of this Stephen King novel.”

The role follows a ton of acclaim for McConaughey in True Detective.

“We’ve done the first one. It’s a fantastic thriller that takes place in another realm, an alternate universe, but it’s very much grounded. For instance, the gunslinger’s weapon isn’t a lightsaber or something; it’s a pistol. I enjoyed approaching my character as if I were the Devil having a good time, getting turned on by exposing human hypocrisies wherever he finds them.”

McConaughey wanted to feel like a core part of the creation of the big screen world which is something that is NOT going to happen in the Marvel playground. It will always be food for thought of thinking if the Dazed and Confused star landed in the GOTG.

The Dark Tower arrives on July 28, 2017 while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuts on May 5, 2017.

About the Author

- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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